Archive for January, 2008

Made you smile

January 30, 2008

Tony smiling

This shot dates back to late 2006; I’ve been looking for an opportunity to post it. šŸ˜‰



Made you think

January 29, 2008


“It’s funny what people think they know.”

Made you look

January 25, 2008

Makes you look

“You spelled “Elmo” wrong on your sign there.”

“Yup. But you gotta admit it’s a great conversation starter.”

Thanks, Tony

January 21, 2008

Roentgenā€™s hand

“Do you remember the fellow I was coaching a few weeks back?

“Well, believe it or not, I turned him in. It was small stuff he was into, but he wasn’t sticking to his word to me, so I had to turn him in. I even told the cops where to find him. So he gets hauled off to jail in cuffs and they charge him and now he’s going to trial in a few weeks. So you know what he says to me when he sees me? … ‘Thanks, Tony. Now I don’t have look behind me everywhere I go.’

“Well, I never turned a friend in before but this time it was the right thing to do.”

Of want and need

January 18, 2008

Bank of England

“You know that the Rogers Video store is closing, the one at up at Howard Park? Nobody’s in there most of the time anyway. ”

Folks just don’t like big-name stores on this street. Well, except for the banks and the coffee places. Everybody needs them.”

On the road again

January 16, 2008

Christchurch Road and Hook Street interesect

“I’m getting out of here. I’m sick. I got my 20 bucks. See you tomorrow.”

On the road

January 15, 2008

“Your face is distinctly green.”

“Someone else sid that and it’s true. I can’t keep anything down. I bought myself a nice sausage and it ended up all over the road. Could you buy me a can of stew or chili?”

“You’re kidding, aren’t you? You want chili?”

“Yup. Trust me. It’s what I need right now.”


January 14, 2008


That photo you posted on the blog yesterday, it makes it look like I’m sitting in the middle of a pile of garbage. It’s sad to see myself like that.

The homeless situation

January 13, 2008

The homelessĀ situation

Way back when

January 10, 2008

Canadaā€™sĀ Coat-of-Arms

“Do you know, Oscar Peterson died?”

“Yup. Let me tell you, I remember Oscar Petersen. He was something. He was one of those great Canadians.”

The man who isn’t there

January 7, 2008

Right about this time of winter, Tony begins to go AWOL, occasionally disappearing for as many as five days at once. At the time, I have no idea what’s going on for him. Sometimes I later discover that he was ill, typically from something he ate. Other times he’s just evaporated and I never learn where or why. Maybe he was around but not when I came by.

Nonetheless, he’s been gone the last few days.


Soothing the soul

January 4, 2008

On a white horse

“Thanks [for the coffee, Phil]. This is the first one I’ve had in 3 days.”

“Where were you?”

“Mostly at Mike’s place. I just pay him some rent and his girlfriend is cool with it.”

“What’ve you been eating … you haven’t even had a coffee in 3 days?”

“Nope. Noodles, mostly.”

“What do you do while you’re at Mike’s?”

“Well, other than sleeping, I do stuff that needs doing around the house and I watch TV and some other things. But my favourite is old-time radio on AM900. You can’t beat the Lone Ranger.”

Happy New Year

January 2, 2008

World map of communications 1924

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